CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Junior Tori Roche (Andover, Mass.) recorded a pair of second-half goals as No. 4 Babson College shutout MIT, 3-0, in New England Women's and Men's Conference (NEWMAC) field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Jack Barry Field.
With the win, the Beavers improve to 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Engineers fall to 5-2 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Catherine Gilman (Cohasset, Mass.) chipped in with a goal, while classmate Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) logged two assists. Senior Lauren Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.), sophomore Maddy Paro (Manchester, Conn.), and first-year Mackenzie Larson (Madison, Conn.) each recorded a defensive save, while first-year goalkeeper Cassidy Riley (Catonsville, Md.) made three stops to earn her second shutout of the season.
Engineers' sophomore goalkeeper Grace Moore (Boston, Mass.) logged eight saves in the loss.
Riley didn't need to make any saves in the first half, but a defensive stop by Larson in the 11th minute of play kept the score tied at 0-0. The Beavers got on board when Gilman scored the only goal of the stanza in the 13th minute. After first-year Lauren Curley's (Stow, Mass.) shot deflected off the goalie, Gilman knocked the rebound into the cage to give Babson a 1-0 advantage entering the half.
Riley made a save early in the second half, and Paro followed with a defensive save of her own to keep the Beavers ahead. In the 43rd minute, Tango shot the ball through traffic towards the far post and Roche was able to redirect the ball past Moore giving Babson a 2-0 lead.
The Green and White put three more shots on net before the duo of Roche and Tango connected again to score the final goal of the game. With than 25 minutes left, Tango hit a line drive pass from outside of the arc toward Roche, who was able to knock it into the back of cage for a 3-0 advantage. Drakeley kept the Engineers off the board and preserved the shutout when she recorded a defensive save in the 64th minute.
The Green and White dominated offensively in both halves with a 15-7 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in penalty corners.
The Beavers returns to action on Monday when they host UMass Dartmouth at 6 p.m., while the Engineers hit the road for a 6:30 match on Wednesday against Tufts.
• With the win the Beavers are now 27-16 all-time against the Engineers and have won seven of the last nine matches between the teams.
• The Green and white has won 27 of their last 30 games against NEWMAC foes going back to 2015.
• Babson is now 9-6 against ranked foes since 2015.